Use of the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft in the neck has been associated with a risk of serious complications. In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved Infuse for solely one type of spine surgery – anterior approach lumbar fusion. Infuse was not approved (and still is not approved) for other types of spine surgeries, such as the neck, cervical spine, or for lateral or posterior approach lumbar fusion surgeries.
(Infuse was later given supplementary approval for two types of Dental surgery. It was never approved for other kinds of spinal surgeries.)
Despite its limited authorized use, the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft has been widely used off-label during neck surgery, which has been associated with a high rate of serious and potentially fatal complications. However, as a result of aggressive marketing and promotion, which included encouraging physicians to use the bone graft off-label in the cervical spine, Medtronic has generated sales of over $3 billion from the Infuse bone graft. Medtronic has also failed to adequately warn about the risk of life-threatening complications.
Given the proximity of the cervical spine to the airway, Infuse has been associated with issues like:
- Difficulty Breathing, Swallowing or Speaking
- Compression of the Airway
- Respiratory Depression
- Nerve Damage
- Bone Loss
- Unwanted Bone Growth
- Male Sterility
The experienced attorneys at Neblett, Beard and Arsenault are investigating complications from off-label uses of the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft throughout Louisiana, California, Colorado, Mississippi, Texas, Nevada and the rest of the United States. If you received a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft implant and suffered adverse symptoms or other side effects, please contact our lawyers immediately. Our skilled team of attorneys is ready to work to protect your rights and fight to recover financial compensation. For your free, personal, no obligation case review, please submit an online request, or call us at (318) 561-2500, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to schedule a free consultation. It won’t cost you a thing to see if we can help.
Our attorneys have successfully represented clients throughout the United States in defective medical device cases. Our attorneys are familiar with the problems concerning complications related to procedures involving Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft. If you or someone you know has experienced symptoms relating to this Medtronic product, call today for more information. We can’t undo what you have already been through, but we can try to get you compensation for the harm it has caused. Call today at (318) 561-2500, or submit an online request.